Camping Municipal in the Capital of Champagne, Epernay, France: Day 12 and 13 Road Trip with Kids

Continuing with our newly discovered clean, calm and cheap camping municipal in France on days 12 and 13 of our family camping road trip from Spain to Poland this post-coronavirus-lockdown summer, we ended up pitching tent at Camping Municipal Epernay near Reims--the champagne country of France. In a word, this campground was BUSY. Standard pitch … Continue reading Camping Municipal in the Capital of Champagne, Epernay, France: Day 12 and 13 Road Trip with Kids

Day 12+13: Road Trip with Kids in the Heart of Champagne Country

Would you let your child take a sip of champagne? What about a dabber? What if you are in champagne country in Reims, France and you had just finished a tour of a champagne cellar? So, we (parents) "splurge" a bit and visited "Vranken Pommery"--a champagne producer housed in what looks like a castle that … Continue reading Day 12+13: Road Trip with Kids in the Heart of Champagne Country

Day 10+11: Family Camping Municipal in Vatan, France?

Well, there's not much here in this two-bar town of Vatan with a Twin Peaks-esque "classic" circus museum, except maybe for tranquility. In many ways that in itself is worth the stop. In its bucolic peace and pace lie the charm. Vatan is also a chance to rest and recuperate; to get back to our … Continue reading Day 10+11: Family Camping Municipal in Vatan, France?

Day 9: Family Camping Road Trip in Bergerac to See About a Man with the Long Nose

From D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers in Condom to Cyrano de Bergerac in France, we begin the second week of our family camping road trip from Spain to Poland this year.  For the most part, coronavirus social distancing guidelines are being followed with the ubiquitous face masks, particularly indoors. Cyrano de Bergerac, the boys and … Continue reading Day 9: Family Camping Road Trip in Bergerac to See About a Man with the Long Nose

Day 7+8: Family Camping Road Trip in Condom… No Kidding!

"All for one and one for all!" A monument of The Three Musketeers in Condom, France reminds all who visit of that popular cheer. Yes, the boys continue to be fascinated by D'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers. So, we're here. "All for one and one for all!" On the 7th day of our family camping … Continue reading Day 7+8: Family Camping Road Trip in Condom… No Kidding!

Day 6: Family Camping Larrau & Hiking Gorges Kakuetta with Kids

Success!  We've crossed the French border and arrived at our camping site with no problems.  Camping Larrau serves as our homebase for a hiking trip to Gorges Kakuetta (a canyon with a cave, tunnel and waterfalls) and Passerelle d'Holzarte--a narrow footbridge suapended 180 meters above a canyon. Fun! At about 3.8 kilometers roundtrip hike, up … Continue reading Day 6: Family Camping Larrau & Hiking Gorges Kakuetta with Kids

Day 5: Crossing the French Pyrenees Mountain Border, Family Camping Road Trip

So onwards and upwards towards the Pyrenees we go. Continuing with our plan to travel to villages using smaller roads, we wonder if the French border will actually be open given the coronavirus situation. If it is, will there be some kind of screening or any kind of control? Viewpoint from Puerto de Larrau. Internal … Continue reading Day 5: Crossing the French Pyrenees Mountain Border, Family Camping Road Trip

Day 4: Family Camping Road Trip in Fuenmayor, La Rioja, Spain

"There are people here!," the boys said in excitement, almost in unison. After over 430-something kilometers on non-toll roads from Sierra de Francia towards the Pyrenees, passing by Salamanca and Bourgos, we arrive at our back up camping site in Fuenmayor. Unlike last summer's camping road trip, when we were flexible and chose our camping … Continue reading Day 4: Family Camping Road Trip in Fuenmayor, La Rioja, Spain

Day 3, Family Camping Road Trip: Medieval Town of Miranda del Castañar

I tend to have a diarrhea of words so I'll limit these posts to 12 sentences...for now 😊. We finally get to visit this medieval Spanish village of Miranda del Castañar right across from The White Donkey Camping. It still has its well-preserved fortification walls with four gates facing cardinal directions (you know, north south, … Continue reading Day 3, Family Camping Road Trip: Medieval Town of Miranda del Castañar

Day 2, Family Camping in Spain After Coronavirus Lockdown: The White Donkey

Here's our first family camping road trip after 3 months of strict coronavirus lockdown in Spain. When Spain effectively opened up its borders to the rest of the EU countries (and UK) on 23rd of June, about a week earlier than announced, we ended up scrambling to pack and head to Poland. But then questions … Continue reading Day 2, Family Camping in Spain After Coronavirus Lockdown: The White Donkey